1977 Dutch Grand Prix

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Netherlands  1977 Dutch Grand Prix
Race details
Race 13 of 17 in the 1977 Formula One season
Circuit Park Zandvoort-1973.svg
Date August 28, 1977
Location Zandvoort
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 2.642 km (4.252 mi)
Distance 75 laps, 318.9 km (198.15 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Ford
Time 1:18.65
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari
Time 1:19.99 on lap 72
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ligier-Matra
Third Wolf-Ford

The 1977 Dutch Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Circuit Zandvoort on 28 August 1977.

Report[edit]

Niki Lauda celebrating on the rostrum
An accident on the first lap took out Jochen Mass (#2).
Lauda during the race in his Ferrari 312T.

In qualifying, Mario Andretti took his fifth pole of the season with Jacques Laffite alongside on the front row, and James Hunt third. At the start, Hunt jumped both the front row starters to lead but before the end of the first lap, Andretti tried to drive alongside him but some aggressive defending from Hunt forced him to lift, and Laffite took advantage to get second. Five laps later, Andretti had got back past Laffite and was attacking Hunt, who again defended aggressively but this time Andretti did not lift and they collided. Hunt was out on the spot, whereas Andretti spun and rejoined fourth.

This left Laffite leading from the Ferraris of Niki Lauda and Carlos Reutemann. The latter had a long battle with Andretti for third, repeatedly exchanging places, until the Lotus driver's engine blew up. Soon after, Lauda passed Laffite to take the lead, and he went on build a gap and win comfortably. Laffite finished second. After Andretti's demise, Reutemann ran third until the second Lotus of Gunnar Nilsson attacked him, and the two collided with Nilsson out and Reutemann rejoining at the back. This sensationally left Patrick Tambay in the Ensign third, but he ran out of fuel on the last lap, thus handing the place to Scheckter.

This meant that Lauda had a 21-point lead over Scheckter with four races left.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari 75 1:41:45.93 4 9
2 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Matra 75 +1.89 secs 2 6
3 20 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford 74 + 1 Lap 15 4
4 28 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Fittipaldi-Ford 74 + 1 Lap 17 3
5 23 France Patrick Tambay Ensign-Ford 73 Out of fuel 12 2
6 12 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari 73 + 2 Laps 6 1
7 8 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck Brabham-Alfa Romeo 73 + 2 Laps 19  
8 35 Austria Hans Binder Penske-Ford 73 + 2 Laps 18  
9 30 United States Brett Lunger McLaren-Ford 73 + 2 Laps 20  
10 10 South Africa Ian Scheckter March-Ford 73 + 2 Laps 25  
11 9 Brazil Alex Ribeiro March-Ford 72 + 3 Laps 24  
12 19 Italy Vittorio Brambilla Surtees-Ford 67 Accident 22  
13 16 Italy Riccardo Patrese Shadow-Ford 67 Engine 16  
DSQ 38 United Kingdom Brian Henton Boro-Ford 52 Disqualified 23  
Ret 15 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault 39 Suspension 10  
Ret 6 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford 34 Accident 5  
Ret 17 Australia Alan Jones Shadow-Ford 32 Engine 13  
Ret 4 France Patrick Depailler Tyrrell-Ford 31 Engine 11  
Ret 3 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell-Ford 18 Ignition 7  
Ret 22 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Ensign-Ford 17 Throttle 9  
Ret 5 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford 14 Engine 1  
Ret 24 United Kingdom Rupert Keegan Hesketh-Ford 8 Accident 26  
Ret 1 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford 5 Collision 3  
Ret 34 France Jean-Pierre Jarier Penske-Ford 4 Ignition 21  
Ret 7 United Kingdom John Watson Brabham-Alfa Romeo 2 Damage / Oil Leak[1] 8  
Ret 2 Germany Jochen Mass McLaren-Ford 0 Accident 14  
DNQ 27 Belgium Patrick Nève March-Ford        
DNQ 37 Italy Arturo Merzario March-Ford        
DNQ 18 Australia Vern Schuppan Surtees-Ford        
DNQ 39 United Kingdom Ian Ashley Hesketh-Ford        
DNQ 33 Netherlands Boy Hayje March-Ford        
DNQ 25 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Hesketh-Ford        
DNQ 29 Belgium Teddy Pilette BRM        
DNQ 32 Netherlands Michael Bleekemolen March-Ford        
Source:[2]

Trivia[edit]

  • Brian Henton was disqualified after he was push started after he spun off.[1]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 8 results from the first 9 races and the best 7 results from the remaining 8 races were retained. Numbers without parentheses are retained points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dutch GP, 1977 Race Report - GP Encyclopedia - F1 History on Grandprix.com". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  2. ^ "1977 Dutch Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 21 October 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 


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